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Message Board > Fitting Woes > How much ease for a peasant top? ( Moderated by CarolynGM, Deepika)

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How much ease for a peasant top?
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Date: 4/27/12 11:47 AM

I hope it's OK to ask a question about a garment being made for me! (I would love to be making it myself, but alas, I don't have the time. But it also means I can't tweak the fit!) It's a hand-embroidered blouse from Romania, and I have two sizes to choose from: 51" bust (130 cm) or 49" bust (125 cm). My bust is 38.5" (99 cm), so I'm looking at around 10-12" of ease (26-31 cm).

I know I want it nice and blousy, but I don't want to be overwhelmed by gathers.

Here's a picture of the finished blouse:



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Date: 4/27/12 12:21 PM

I don't have any good advice, but wow. Beautiful.

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Date: 4/27/12 1:41 PM

Is this for your Raiders of the Lost Ark costume?

I would go with the 10 inches of ease, mostly because I would be worried that other aspects would end up too large in the larger size. This is not going to have to the right look if it looks generally too large for you. Is the neckline adjustable?

(On the other hand, you can take it in, but you probably won't be able to let it out. I see I'm being helpful. )

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Date: 4/28/12 0:05 AM

Will it shrink? Sorry, I'm just adding to the mix.....

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Date: 4/28/12 11:21 AM

I would go for the smaller size but only because it looks like the embroidery is adding a bit of stiffness to the drape. In that situation the blouse would start wearing me. I have a 40" bust and have a narrowish back for my size and that's what I would do. HTH

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Date: 4/28/12 11:57 AM

Wow very cute with a ton of embroidery work!

I'm with everyone else - smaller -- And also wondering how much shrinkage it will have?

I know buying things from India once, a men's XL became MY size after 1 washing in Cold water!!!

Really their smallish size isn't so far from you that it won't be nice and blousy, hopefully without having to take in too much after a very gentle hand wash?

Those colors will also look great on you! Good luck

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Date: 4/28/12 5:38 PM

Thank you! That (smaller) was my instinct, as well. It *is* for my upcoming cosplay events (it's also going to go with the velveteen bolero jacket for a different costume), but I'm also hoping to be able to wear it for everyday wear, hence my concern about there being too much ease. (Not everyday everyday--it's too dear for that!--but y'all know what I mean! LOL).

And with all that hand embroidery, it will DEFINITELY be gently hand washed!

(I have also put in an inquiry into a hand-embroidered velvet vest. The novel I'm writing at the moment takes place in that region of the world, and I'm finding myself craving some authentic folk art.)

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Date: 4/29/12 2:38 PM

Goody - a new book! Inquiring minds want to know when, perchance?

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Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life. Don't be trapped by dogma - which is living with the results of other people's thinking. Don't let the noise of others' opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary. - Steve Jobs

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